When Disney released Pirates of the Caribbean, a section of the audience saw it as a new travel-based film, where witty Captain Jack Sparrow used a rather unusual compass to explore new destinations. With the trend of revenge travel still holding sway, people are indeed looking for unconventional tools to make their adventures more thrilling. To reignite wanderlust, Omega has released three new Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer models: a titanium edition with a dial made entirely by laser ablation and two models in stainless steel. The dial of each of the three 43 mm models features a map of the world (drawn by using laser ablation), as seen from the North Pole, over a grade 5 titanium surface. The dome represents Earth’s curvature.
The two stainless steel models come with sun-brushed PVD dials in green, encircled by polished-brushed green ceramic bezels. The titanium model gets a black-and-grey dial with a brushed black ceramic bezel. The hands differentiate the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimers. While the stainless steel models have 18 ct MoonshineTM Gold for hour markers and hour, minute and second hands, the titanium model gets blackened hour, minute and second hands, filled with white Super-LumiNova, which emits a blue glow in the dark.
The place names on the stainless steel models are in yellow gold while on the titanium variant, these look blackened. The stainless steel and titanium models feature London in red, highlighting Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), now more formally known as Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). Omega’s home city, Bienne, Switzerland is among the many global destinations featured around each dial and its outer ring.
All three variants come with trapezoidal hour markers, elongated hour, minute hands and a date window at 6 o’clock, matching the dial colour. In all three watches, the map at the centre of the dial is encircled by a 24-hour indication (black-and-white for titanium and white-and-green for steel), which is divided into two sections representing night and day. The markers are even numerals, not odd ones.
Inside the watches beats the self-winding, METAS-certified Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8938 with 60 hours of power reserve. The movement gets a rhodium-plate finish with Geneva waves in arabesque. Turning each watch over showcases the transparent caseback with a stainless steel oscillating weight.
The stainless steel variants are available with two styling options. The first one involves a steel bracelet with a butterfly clasp and the second one features an integrated green rubber strap with grey stitching, additional decorative link in polished steel and a polished-brushed fold-over clasp. The titanium version gets only the black rubber strap with grey stitching. This too has an additional decorative link in brushed grade 2 titanium, complete with a grade 2 titanium clasp.